A surge has been recorded in the number or paternity tests being requested at Greek DNA labs across the country since the beginning of 2019, according to forensics scientists.Dr Leda Kovatsi, associate professor of forensic medicine and toxicology and head of the DNA Department at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUT) told Kathimerini that January and February are the lab’s busiest months.According to Dr Kovatsi, the labs are receiving an increasing number of requests for tests primarily from men but also women who are uncertain about the paternity of a child.“Very often it concerns children that have been born out of wedlock and men want to know it is really theirs before recognising them,” she said.“We also have requests from spouses who have doubts about one of their children. We had a father who had three children out of wedlock, and while he was sure about the first two, he had doubts about the third,” she added, commenting that paternity tests in Greece are somewhat of a “seasonal product”.“Over the holidays, families meet and they stir up doubts and old disagreements. Nobody bothers us in the summer,” she said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Less than a year after opening the Wind River Education Center in the Columbia River Gorge, Clark College is expanding its academic and technical offerings and moving into a new, larger facility 18 miles east on Highway 14. A new Clark College facility in Bingen will offer new classes designed to meet the needs of local employers, as well as existing classes being moved from the current facility in Carson. The Wind River Education Center in Carson opened in fall 2013 in response to Columbia Gorge residents and school districts requesting access to affordable college classes. The Carson facility will close as the Bingen facility opens for fall quarter, which begins Sept. 22. Details on the Bingen location are still being negotiated, said Chato Hazelbaker, Clark College spokesman.Clark College’s expansion in the Gorge is made possible in part by a $315,000 grant from the state of Washington to increase enrollment in aerospace education. Approximately half of the money will go toward providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education at the Bingen facility. The grant is part of an $8 million statewide program to help two-year and technical colleges prepare future employees in the aerospace field. The Bingen facility will include a computer lab and classroom space for Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD), a skill that many regional employers cite as being in high demand. Clark College will hire a full-time employee in the Columbia River Gorge.